UK Seas

Discover the wonderful sea creatures that inhabit the UK seas and shores

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UK seas is a guide to the fauna and flora found around UK coasts. While the majority of species are marine, some species are included that are regularly encountered on land by the coast, so you’ll find descriptions of non-marine species such as reptiles, amphibians, insects and plants as well.


Dunlin

Calidris alpine

Type

Birds

Description

Hunched shoulders and slightly down-curved bill, along with white tail patches, which help to identify it, but actually rather similar to a number of other small waders in winter.

The most widespread and common wader of European shores, but often incredibly shy, ready to take flight in huge wheeling flocks at the slightest disturbance.

Location

Most coasts and estuaries, though less numerous in South East.

Habitat

Mudflats, Sandy beaches

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